‘I want to make her proud’ – matriculant dedicates distinctions to friend who died of cancer

2016-01-06 10:59
Mayuri Savary. (Wim Pretorius, News24)

Mayuri Savary. (Wim Pretorius, News24)

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Johannesburg - Mayuri Savary was ecstatic and shed tears of joy when she heard that she had got 10 distinctions in the 2015 matric exams.

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Savary, a pupil from Crawford College, Sandton, is one of only two pupils at the school who managed to get 10 distinctions.

According to Savary, her trial exams acted as a wake-up call after she did not get the results she had hoped for.

"I travelled quite a lot in 2015, which meant that I didn't always have my books with me to study. I realised that I would have to shape up."

Her parents had big smiles for their daughter, who is one of four children.

But behind those innocent eyes lies a very determined young woman.

'I dedicate my results to her'

"My cousin and best friend, Leara Kistan, died of cancer when we were 11 years old and I want to live a life that would make her proud. Therefore, I want to dedicate my results to her."

Savary's biggest challenge was coping with the volume of work.

She got distinctions in history, maths, physical science, English, Afrikaans, business studies, life orientation, IT, accounting and life sciences.

And with all the subjects, she said her motto was to remember that "it's not a marathon and I need to pace myself".

This year, she will start her degree in Actuarial Science at the University of Cape Town.

And for a bookworm like Savary, it is no surprise that in her downtime she likes to swap her academic textbooks for story books.

"Since Grade 1, I started reading the Harry Potter series and sometimes my mother would have to take away my books so that I could get some sleep," she says jokingly.

What makes her results something for the history books is that 2015 was the last year that Crawford College, Sandton, would be writing the National Senior Certificate exams, as they switch over to IEB exams in 2016.

(Photo by Wim Pretorius, News24)

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